Texas A&M Professor Dr. Vaughn Bryant’s lab takes on the personality of a beehive.
With dozens of jars of honey waiting to be tested for authenticity by Bryant, an internationally-respected palynologist, or one who studies pollen, the near constant activity in the lab that he has operated out of for 20 of his 45 years as an anthropology professor at Texas A&M makes his lab resemble exactly that: a beehive. The playful art on honey jar labels is always being inspected by his graduate and undergraduate students. Someone always seems to be popping in and out of a small room to inspect a slide from a cabinet containing one of the world’s largest collections of modern pollen reference samples – more than 20,000 in all. With an ear-to-ear smile always on his face, Bryant finds a minute or two to share a laugh with a passerby.